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Working with police, magistrates and lawyers to promote fairer criminal investigations and trials in Uganda

Penal Reform International (PRI) is taking important and effective steps towards preventing ill-treatment and promoting the application of fair and effective criminal investigations and trials of people detained in Uganda. At PRI’s pioneering police training course in November 2019 on investigative interviewing and international human rights standards it was revealed that only two of the participants […]

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Civil society mobilisation for penal reform

In Central African Republic, the government adopted a strategy for the demilitarisation of the penitentiary system, at the initiative of Penal Reform International (PRI) and with the support of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA). As part of the implementation of the national strategy for the demilitarization of CAR’s penitentiary system, an important place is […]

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Mobilisation de la société civile pour la réforme pénale

En République centrafricaine, le gouvernement a adopté une stratégie nationale de démilitarisation du secteur pénitentiaire, à l’initiative de Penal Reform International (PRI) et avec le soutien de la mission des Nations Unies pour la maintien de la paix (MINUSCA). Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de la stratégie nationale de démilitarisation des établissements pénitentiaires de […]

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Our ambitions for 2020-2023

This year PRI is celebrating 30 years of accomplishments in developing and promoting fair and effective criminal justice systems across the world. Today, we set our trajectory for the coming decade, launching our new strategy for 2020-2023. The decade we are entering will determine whether the world is able to sustain and promote human rights, […]

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We are 30!

Over 30 years, we have had many successes, working in more than 90 countries. We are proud of our past achievements and look forward to the years ahead.      We believe in what Nelson Mandela said: “No one really truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” We believe that […]

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PRI to launch Global Prison Trends on 21 May 2019

Alongside the Thailand Institute for Justice, PRI will launch the fifth edition of Global Prison Trends on Wednesday 21 May 2019, at the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Global Prison Trends outlines key developments and trends in the use and management of imprisonment worldwide. In 2019, the 52-page report will also contain […]

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Reconstructing the Central African Republic will require a fair and effective criminal justice system

In the current context of extreme instability and volatility in the Central African Republic where the United Nations local presence has even reported ‘chronical violence targeted at civilians’; the Central African Republic government has approved a strategy which aims to demilitarise the country’s penitentiary system. On 9 January 2019, Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji endorsed three policy […]

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ODIHR and PRI publish new resource on Nelson Mandela Rules

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published a new tool on 9 August 2018 to support the effective implementation of minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. The resource, produced jointly with Penal Reform International (PRI), was launched initially online. The Guidance Document on the Nelson Mandela Rules – Implementing the […]

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PRI to co-organise conference on women in prison

Penal Reform International and the Vance Center are co-organising a conference on Women in prison: evidence, advocacy and reform, in Bogota from 5–7 September 2018. The conference will bring together 45 women prisoners’ rights advocates from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe to share information about conditions of women’s imprisonment in their respective countries and regions and […]

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PRI publishes latest annual report

PRI has published its latest annual report, which outlines the impact of our work and achievements from 2017. The report, which includes messages from PRI’s Executive Director Alison Hannah and PRI’s Chair Dirk van Zyl Smit, showcases the work of PRI’s regional offices as well as our international advocacy work, and explores the impact of our publications and resources. […]